Celebration of Automobiles


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is calling on the owners of classic and vintage passenger cars to display their magnificent machines in competition during the second Celebration of Automobiles on May 10-13, 2012 at the Racing Capital of the World, leading into the 96th Indianapolis 500.

Participation in the 2012 Celebration of Automobiles will be by invitation only, with 200 entries selected from applicants who complete this online form. The entry fee is $50 per owner until Oct. 31, 2011, $100 thereafter.

Among other information, the application form will require two photos of your non-modified passenger automobile and a description of its history. Participation in the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Celebration of Automobiles in May 2011 at IMS and other Concours d’Elegance competition will increase the likelihood of your entry being selected to compete.

All car owners participating in the 2012 Celebration of Automobiles will receive two Bronze Badges that grant free gate admission and access to the Gasoline Alley garages during Indianapolis 500 practice and qualifying in May 2012.
2012 Celebration of Automobiles vehicles will honor “The Manufacturers of the Indianapolis 500” and the rich history of the world’s greatest auto race.
Vintage-classic passenger cars from 1920-70 produced by manufacturers participating in the Indianapolis 500 during that era will be the featured vehicles in 2012, such as Alfa-Romeo, Auburn, Bentley, Bugatti, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Duesenberg, Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Stutz and many more. Special tribute will be paid to passenger cars from Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus, the three engine manufacturers participating in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 starting in 2012.
The 2012 Celebration of Automobiles will feature an expanded schedule for participants and fans.
Activity will begin Thursday, May 10 with a golf event for entrants at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at IMS, an 18-hole championship course designed by the legendary Pete Dye that includes four holes in the infield of the IMS oval.
Registration will take place Friday, May 11. Entrants also can participate in a track lap, exhibit their cars and enjoy a new Welcome Reception at the world-renowned IMS Hall of Fame Museum.
Judging for the Celebration of Automobiles will take place Saturday, May 12 in a variety of classes. Winners will be announced that evening at the Awards Dinner, which will feature question-and-answer sessions with legendary Indianapolis 500 drivers and IMS Historian Donald Davidson and other activities.
Another new addition to the schedule will be a track lap shortly before Indianapolis 500 practice Sunday, May 13 for 2012 Celebration of Automobiles winning cars and significant cars as selected by the judges.
What Participants Are Saying About 2011 Celebration of Automobiles:
“The 2011 Celebration of the Automobile was a spectacular success! It was truly a magical event that every participant will remember for a lifetime. No one who has any interest in antique automobiles should miss the opportunity to attend.”
- Larry and Sue O’Donnell, Chester Springs, Pa., owners of winning 1927 Marmon
“For me, to be a part of the Celebration of Automobiles in 2011 was an opportunity not to be missed. It reflected everything important in a classic car event with more than 200 of the greatest classic, sports and race cars in the history of the automobile, in the heart of Indiana, the one-time car manufacturing capital of the world, set in the paddocks of the most famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the history of the men who built and raced cars like Marmon, Stutz, Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg and many others was all around us. It was an experience made better still by that wonderful Hoosier hospitality shown by the track staff, the organizers and the car crazy city of Indianapolis. It was, quite simply put, the thrill of a lifetime!”
- Brent Merrill, Toronto, owner of winning 1932 Marmon Convertible Coupe
“There were four of us who came all the way from New Zealand, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The event exceeded our expectations: super-friendly, helpful staff, well organized and heaps of fun – plus lots of vintage cars to look at, too! To participate in such an event was exciting and memorable.”
- Roger Taylor, New Zealand, owner of 1929 Marmon Roosevelt


Click here to submit your application. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application for this historic event.